[IAEP] Yet more feedback from Boston! - Chat and Speak

Tomeu Vizoso tomeu at sugarlabs.org
Fri Aug 14 06:07:42 EDT 2009

On Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 02:28, Caroline Meeks<caroline at solutiongrove.com> wrote:
> Neither wind nor rain nor flaming emails will deter me from telling you
> about what happened with kids and Sugar today in Boston! You however are
> free to use your delete key at any time.
> Today, working with 6th grade students at the Museum of Science Computer
> Clubhouse I learned not to start a Sugar intro session with chat.  It was
> hard for us to believe but the kids spent 3 hours really wanting to do
> nothing but use chat to talk to other kids in the same room!!  We did get
> them to use other things but
> next time I will end with Chat, not start with it :)
> We used both Chat and Speak.  Chat was more robust.
> I suggest that Speak be limited to about 4 participants. It seemed die a lot and if someone typed a lot of garbdy gook it would try to say it all and get behind.  What do other people think of this idea? Should I ticket it?

Think so, we have had some discussion lately about this.

> I started the lesson by creating a chat, sharing it and showing the students
> how to join from their neighborhood. That worked fairly well.
> However, some of the students wanted to create a private chat.  It could be
> done but it was very challenging workflow.  The problem is if two kids
> decide they want to chat the natural thing for them to do is both goto Home
> and click on Chat and share that with the neighborhood.  This results in two
> chats and much confusion.  I don't know how to solve this, as I'm not gifted
> at UI design, but its clearly a problem.  Perhaps when you start chat you
> have a UI inside of chat that lets you join other existing chats directly.

Even if we have the discussion in the mailing list, would be nice to
have a ticket about this as well.



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